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Poggio Bracciolini

1380 - 1459

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Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini (11 February 1380 – 30 October 1459), usually referred to simply as Poggio Bracciolini, was an Italian scholar and an early Renaissance humanist. He was responsible for rediscovering and recovering many classical Latin manuscripts, mostly decaying and forgotten in German, Swiss, and French monastic libraries. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Poggio Bracciolini has received more than 255,899 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Poggio Bracciolini is the 47th most popular historian (down from 46th in 2019), the 760th most popular biography from Italy (down from 723rd in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Historian.

Poggio Bracciolini is most famous for his discovery of the Codex Amiatinus, which is the earliest surviving manuscript of the Latin Vulgate Bible.

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Among historians, Poggio Bracciolini ranks 47 out of 339Before him are Aby Warburg, Ernst Gombrich, Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalani, Ali ibn al-Athir, Niketas Choniates, and Jared Diamond. After him are Tzvetan Todorov, Callisthenes, John Skylitzes, Marcus Velleius Paterculus, Socrates of Constantinople, and Euhemerus.

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Among people born in 1380, Poggio Bracciolini ranks 5Before him are Thomas à Kempis, Ferdinand I of Aragon, Jamshīd al-Kāshī, and Pachacuti. After him are Bernardino of Siena, Prokop the Great, Yawar Waqaq, Mustafa Çelebi, Itzcoatl, Lidwina, and İsa Çelebi. Among people deceased in 1459, Poggio Bracciolini ranks 2Before him is Eric of Pomerania. After him are Fra Mauro, Ausiàs March, Antoninus of Florence, Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken, John Fastolf, Gregory III of Constantinople, and Adolph VIII, Count of Holstein.

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Among people born in Italy, Poggio Bracciolini ranks 760 out of 4,668Before him are Jacopo Bellini (1396), Cosimo II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1590), Tarcisius (263), Jacopo Sansovino (1486), Luca della Robbia (1399), and Marcus Claudius Tacitus (200). After him are Isabella d'Este (1474), Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este (1787), Pope Stephen V (850), Nicola Pisano (1225), Robert I, Duke of Parma (1848), and Manfred, King of Sicily (1232).


Among historians born in Italy, Poggio Bracciolini ranks 5Before him are Livy (-59), Suetonius (70), Diodorus Siculus (-90), and Leonardo Bruni (1370). After him are Marcus Velleius Paterculus (-19), Euhemerus (-330), Francesco Guicciardini (1483), Carlo Ginzburg (1939), Timaeus (-350), Flavio Biondo (1388), and Tyrannius Rufinus (345).